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John Cycon (Class of 2013)

Hometown: Media, Pennsylvania

Undergraduate school and major: University of Notre Dame, Program of Liberal Studies

What did you come to law school to become:

I didn't have a specific endgame in mind when I chose to attend law school, but I knew that I wanted a career involving challenging and provocative work. Fortunately, my experiences thus far have far exceeded my expectations.

Current employer:

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Job title:

Associate

Previous positions:

Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, Associate in the NYC Office

Description of what you do:

 Roughly half of my caseload involves securities or general commercial litigation, and the other half focuses on white collar crime and internal investigations.

Your favorite part of your job:

Constantly learning new things and competing against very skilled opponents.I love taking on new clients and learning about their businesses and industries. It's fascinating to gain an inside understanding of how things truly operate.

Your interests outside of work:

Sports and being outdoors.

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

I wish that I knew how freely others would provide their advice and assistance. I was always afraid to ask, which really set me back. The best advice I can give is to put yourself out there early and often, and be sure to follow up with people. You'll be surprised by how much others are willing to help you achieve your goals.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Be yourself, but be the best version of yourself. Summer positions are a great opportunity to figure out your interests and future career. As such, it's helpful if you're able to get exposure to a variety of areas in order to figure out what you like best. In the end, if your heart isn't in your work then you aren't realizing your full potential. So try to be honest with yourself about how much you enjoy the work. With that in mind, however, summer positions are long interviews, so do whatever it takes to leave no doubt that you can contribute at the highest level. Even if your interests lie elsewhere, it's important that you develop a reputation of excellence and respect.